A summer event, that’s spanned more than three decades has been cancelled.
Kittatinny Canoes won’t be cleaning up the Delaware River this year.
The 32nd annual cleanup was slated for next week us, but organizers feared hosting it would pose too great a risk to the volunteers.
It’s disappointing for Dave Jones being forced to cancel the Delaware River Cleanup.
“We are very sad to have to cancel it, but for this year we had no choice. “
The cleanup has been family tradition for more than three decades.
“I don’t think we are going to have to deal with this forever, but right now we have to do what we need to do to be safe. “
For Jones, that means pulling the plug. He points the finger at several factors that led to the decision.
“Number one we don’t have the manpower, we also don’t have the ability to keep everyone in a group and feed them and we also have people coming from out of state and we are afraid it would just contribute to the spread. “
But Jones isn’t too worried about the river falling apart.
“A year off isn’t going to be the end of the world because the river is actually very clean because of all the years we spent pulling things out of the river. “
Jones credits his army of volunteers, pitching in over the years to keep it pristine.
“The changes that I have seen that its done has made the river so much cleaner and I have been on them all so I know and seen the difference. “
And while he’s upset cancelling, Jones remains optimistic this time honored tradition will return.
“There is always next year and the years after that. “